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is there an encyclopedia of software concepts?

This query isn't directly related to Python, but I thought I'd ask the
most knowledgeable group of people I know, so I'm posting it here.
:-)

Lately I've been interested in what the word "framework" means, in the
context of software development. As in "XXX is a GUI development
framework". And I'm wondering things like "Where does the term
'event-driven' (as in 'event-driven programming') come from? When was
it first used, and by whom?" And other similar questions.

My problem is that I can't just Google on (for instance) "framework".
I get back all sorts of stuff, including stuff that is non-computer
related, and lots of sites that have informations about frameworks but
that don't define the concept framework.

Either I need a way to narrow my Google query, or I need to find
something like an encyclopedia of sofware engineering concepts. Does
anybody know if such a thing exists?
Jul 18 '05 #1
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Stephen Ferg wrote:

[...]
Either I need a way to narrow my Google query, or I need to find
something like an encyclopedia of sofware engineering concepts. Does
anybody know if such a thing exists?

Wikipedia @ www.wikipedia.org
The Portland Pattern Repository @ http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WelcomeVisitors

are the first two that come to mind.

hth,

k
Jul 18 '05 #2
On Sat, 17 Jul 2004, Jakub Fast wrote:
Stephen Ferg wrote:
Either I need a way to narrow my Google query, or I need to find
something like an encyclopedia of sofware engineering concepts. Does
anybody know if such a thing exists?


Wikipedia @ www.wikipedia.org
The Portland Pattern Repository @ http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WelcomeVisitors


FOLDOC, the Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing, is usually a very good
reference. The main site is http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/, but there
are many mirrors, and it's available in a format suitable for the Unix
dict program. What's more, it includes the complete jargon file inside of
it. :)

Jul 18 '05 #3
"Stephen Ferg" <st***@ferg.org> schreef in bericht
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Lately I've been interested in what the word "framework" means, in the
context of software development. As in "XXX is a GUI development
framework". And I'm wondering things like "Where does the term
'event-driven' (as in 'event-driven programming') come from? When was
it first used, and by whom?" And other similar questions.


Try http://www.cetus-links.org/software.html

regards Gerrit

--
www.extra.research.philips.com/natlab/sysarch/

Jul 18 '05 #4
On 17 Jul 2004 09:06:32 -0700, Stephen Ferg <st***@ferg.org> wrote:

My problem is that I can't just Google on (for instance) "framework".
I get back all sorts of stuff, including stuff that is non-computer
related, and lots of sites that have informations about frameworks but
that don't define the concept framework.


you could google for 'define:framework'... :)

--
John Lenton (jl*****@gmail.com) -- Random fortune:
bash: fortune: command not found
Jul 18 '05 #5

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